For fashion’s sake

As Barneys returns Downtown with new store, LLNYC scouts its unusual offerings

Barneys’ new Downtown store (Photography Credit: Scott Frances)
Barneys’ new Downtown store (Photography Credit: Scott Frances)

From Luxury Listings NYC: Where is the Rag & Bone?” A customer trying on shoes asked a sales clerk at the new Barneys store on 17th Street and Seventh Avenue. “I don’t think we have any,” the sales clerk answered in a perky tone. “We’re experimenting with what we stock now; we might change things around.” In other words, if you want Rag & Bone, you’d better head Uptown.

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For now, this new Barneys store — right around the corner from its original location on 17th Street (currently occupied by the Rubin museum)—noticeably lacks easy-to-sell “it” pieces and focuses instead on more unusual items from both well-known and smaller designers. You can buy Proenza Schouler here, but not its trendy PS1 bag. [more]